de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) , dē- \

Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing the development of new ideas an interesting development in the case
2 : the state of being developed a project in development
3 : a tract of land that has been made available or usable : a developed tract of land especially : one with houses built on it

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Examples of development in a Sentence

Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development. The company offers many opportunities for professional development. The software is still in the early stages of development. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology. Have there been any new developments in the case?
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Recent Examples on the Web High-performance computing is behind technological advancements in artificial intelligence, algorithms that help propel self-driving cars, aid drug development, advance cancer screenings and much more. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Powerful new supercomputer will open doors for research and education at UW-Eau Claire," 26 Apr. 2021 Even on its own, the proof is still considered a major accomplishment — the biggest development concerning this conjecture in more than a decade, and one whose results are not solely limited to the five-cycle case. Quanta Magazine, "New Proof Reveals That Graphs With No Pentagons Are Fundamentally Different," 26 Apr. 2021 Discussions on Great Miami River regional economic development, regional partnerships and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: April 26-May 2," 25 Apr. 2021 The largest new tourist development in San Juan County since 2016, Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa, bought billboards throughout southeast Utah promoting the promise of solitude. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "If a Bears Ears monument, larger or smaller, won’t guarantee cultural sites aren’t trashed, what will?," 25 Apr. 2021 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Satellite But the biggest development, being pursued by both Draper Laboratories and Trex Enterprises, is an approach that overcomes one of the biggest limits to accuracy. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s New Unhackable GPS Alternative: The Stars," 25 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, an implausible development with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) and Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) — awaiting trial in Canada for their crimes against humanity — seems to be setting up another familiar showdown. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Handmaid's Tale season 4 review: Guys, just end it already," 23 Apr. 2021 And the development of Abstract Expressionist painting. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Free World’ Review: Cold War Culture," 23 Apr. 2021 The craftswoman’s background in design, leadership development, business strategy and sales is supplemented by her studies at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Art and Sustainability Come Together in Craft," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of development

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for development

see develop

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The first known use of development was in 1756

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29 Apr 2021

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“Development.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of development

: the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced
: the act or process of creating something over a period of time
: the state of being created or made more advanced


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing
2 : the state of being developed


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Medical Definition of development

1 : the action or process of developing: as
a : the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realized
b : the gradual advance through evolutionary stages : evolution
2 : the state of being developed the great muscular development of weight lifters

Other Words from development

developmental \ -​ˌvel-​əp-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce development (audio) \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē How to pronounce development (audio) \ adverb

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